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Evil doctors maltreating a patient. Etching by James Ensor, 1895.

  • Ensor, James, 1860-1949
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The screaming patient, sufffering from ascites, sits on a sofa, left. A surgeon and a physician extract various organs from his body. Another physician carrying a jug walks towards them with an unsteady (drunken?) gait. Another surgeon picks his pocket. Right, a skeleton with a scythe, representing death



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1 print : etching ; platemark 18 x 25.2 cm


Les mauvais médecins. J. Ensor 95

References note

L. Delteil, Le peintre-graveur illustré, vol. 19 (Leys, Braekeleer, Ensor), Paris 1925, no. 97
A. Croquez, L'oeuvre gravé de James Ensor, Geneva 1947, no. 97
A. Taevenier, Graphic work of James Ensor, Brussels 1973, no. 97
James N. Elesh, The illustrated Bartsch, vol. 141 (Ensor), New York 1982, no. 99

Lettering note

Inscribed by Ensor in pencil on the sheet "Les mauvais médecins James Ensor 1895" and countersigned on the reverse
In the foreground three papers form a banderolle with the following etched inscriptions: "Femme X crevée a 7 heures recu mille francs"; "Expedier Z Rien recu"; "J'ai laissé l'éponge dans le ventre Péritonite se déclarera"


Wellcome Library no. 12011i


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